It’s Monday and my son turned five!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date



It was a busy week with the kids on Spring Break, the husband out sick (fever, cough and cold, that luckily didn’t spread to anyone!) and a boy turning five! There was waffles for breakfast, birthday cake, and burgers! And of course presents galore. Almost everything was Star Wars related this year! He was a very happy birthday boy.

I was also a finalist for the #weirdathon pitch contest! I didn’t realize that there was a contest (heh) so although I didn’t win it was fun to see mine go up against the other pitches.

Also, I decided at the last minute to join the A to Z challenge. I first heard of it several years ago when my friend Melanie (we’ve known each other since we were teenagers!) joined it but have never dared to myself – it just seemed so much of a commitment. Writing a post for each letter of the alphabet, with Sundays off. But eh, I decided to throw caution to the wind and write up some short foodie fiction! You can find some of the posts below.







The Wild Girl – Kate Forsyth

It’s a little bit more slow moving than I expected but it’s been a good read so far. I’m reading this for Once Upon a Time.

Captain Marvel Vol 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More –  Kelly Sue Deconnick ; artist, David Lopez ; color artist, Lee Loughridge
I have to confess that all these different versions of Captain Marvel / Ms Marvel confuse me. I have read the Carol Danvers – Ms Marvel (Brian Reed) and the Kamala – Ms Marvel (G Willow Wilson) and now this is Carol Danvers – Captain Marvel? *Confused* Oh well, it’s Kelly Sue Deconnick and it’ll probably be good!




Hector and the Search for Happiness on Netflix

Another Simon Pegg movie, but this one was disappointing. He’s charming as always but the whole exotic Oriental beauty (of course she has to have long hair and has to be naked at one point) was a bit off-putting. I realize this is supposed to be a bit of a parable but yeah it was a bit much for me.



Yuppers, that again.



Dark chocolate macadamia nut cookies!


Decaf coffee


Seriously, have no clue at the moment. Fried rice probably. Maybe some oxtail stew as I had picked up oxtail from Costco the other day.


The Millions’ interviews Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children:

What does a writer do when confronted with such wrenching tragedy? When the writer is Charles Bock, he writes a book. Alice & Oliver embraces both the pain of loss and the reality that life chugs forward even when the worst has happened.

Danielle at A Work in Progress posted sometime last month asking for recommendations on beachy coming-of-age reads told from the perspective of a girl. And there were lots of great recs from Rumer Godden to Collette! (I suggested Edwidge Danticat’s Claire of the Sea Light).

Over at Bookriot, 30 books of poetry for kids. They sound awesome!

I’ve not read The Big Short but this list of novels to read after it (that is, novels that involve economics and finance) is pretty interesting (Lit Hub)

Last week:

I read:


The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh

Hopefully I’ll post about this soon. I read it for Once Upon A Time and it was a great read!


I posted:

#AtoZChallenge – B is for Bakkwa

#AtoZChallenge – A is for Ang Ku Kueh

Recent reads, recent loves


  1. I’ll have to choose Modern Romance as my next celebraty audiobook, once I’m done with the Issa Rae. No idea how this started but it seems to have become a phase 🙂
    Also, whoa if the different ms marvel versions confuse you I stand no chance! The Kamala is on my tbr though I wish comics weren’t so expensive.

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    1. Yeah similar for me too. Like my first was Carrie Brownstein (musician and actor) and now Aziz (comedian and actor). I tried Patti Smith but she read too slowly for me (she has a gorgeous low voice but I just kept wanting her to speed up!). I guess I just like listening to them reading their own words? I’ll have to try it with fiction. No idea where to start though.

      Yeah comics are pricy. I don’t know how people can keep buying them.

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      1. Heh I have Brownstein on my audio tbr as well, might skip Smith if she reads so slowly 🙂
        I really like the audio of Brown Girl Dreaming, read by the author. But I started with Girl on the train and enjoyed the different narrator too. I always listen to the excerpt though to make sure I can stand the voice 🙂

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  2. I’ve just finished “Modern Romance”…fun read…I’m also reminded that I should really get out more. But I’m one of those lazy and weary folks depicted in his book…

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  3. I looked up Modern Romance; seems like my kind of book, and also something that will be great as an audio book. Thanks for sharing. Added it to my TBR. 🙂


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